With Presidents’ Day on Monday, and with schools closed yesterday and Thursday, this is a long weekend for many people. If you are already away, or plan to be away, travel safely and enjoy yourself. Just come back to us. We miss you when you’re not here.
We are still in the midst of our Stewardship Campaign. The campaign this year is a low-keyed one, but your participation is every bit as important as ever. This week you will receive a Stewardship packet that will include information about our 2018 budget and ministries, as well as a pledge card. When we join the church, we promised to support it with our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service. While so many of you already support the church with so many wonderful gifts (service, prayer, etc.), this little pledge card is an expression of your financial gifts toward the work of the church. We will dedicate our pledges next Sunday, February 25.
OK, on to Sunday worship.
Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent, and for Christians, Lent is that 40-day season (not counting Sundays) preceding Easter when we are called to consider Christ’s sacrifice for us. The season actually began this past Wednesday—Ash Wednesday—when we were reminded of our need to repent and to turn back to God. One way to mark time in Lent is to think of Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, where in his last days he will be betrayed, tried, and crucified. Each day he draws closer.
The primary passage for tomorrow is Mark 1:9-12. This is the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. Mark’s version is much shorter than Matthew’s or Luke’s, and doesn’t provide Jesus’ specific temptations. In fact, it doesn’t say much at all. But it still has something profound to share. The sermon title is “The Greatest Temptation.”
Connie Palmer is the Lay Reader, and Kevin and Jill Spellman are the Greeters. Our hymns for the day are How Can We Name a Love, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, and Lord Who Throughout these Forty Days. The Sanctuary Choir will be singing Walk Humbly with Your God, by Robert Powell.
Our Faith Development Series for the next six weeks is called “Everyone Has a Story.” Each week, a different person will share part of his or her faith journey. Listening to others tell their stories may give you a way to reflect on your own. This first week Su Iliff will share her faith journey. Next week Connie Palmer will talk. Class begins at 9:00 a.m. Hope to see you there.
If you are in town this weekend, I hope you will be in church tomorrow. There is no better place to be on a Sunday morning, as we gather together to learn, pray, worship Almighty God, and greet one another.
With prayers for peace you, and for this troubled world.
PS. I will be away all day today leading the preaching component of the Local Pastors Licensing School. I have done this several years now, and it is something I look forward to, as I get to meet clergy who are newer to the ordination process. As of Wednesday of this week, 26 people were registered – the largest class I have had. I have enjoyed leading this class in the past, and expect that I will enjoy leading it today, as well.Read More